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With glittering vocal showpieces and moving arias, Handel's slant on the perils of romantic love juxtaposes the heroic and the comic, the serious and the playful. A Persian Ruler's infatuation is triggered by the singing of his general's daughter. So instead of concentrating on his planned campaign against the Greeks, Xerxes prefers to focus on the sexual conquest of his brother's beloved - with unexpected results. Original production supported by English National Opera Trust. Running time 3 hrs 40 mins

Performers Sarah Connolly (Xerxes), Robin Blaze (Arsamenes), Anna Burford (Amastris), Rebecca Evans (Romilda), Mark Richardson (Ariodates), Mary Nelson (Atalanta), Iain Paterson (Elviro).
Author Handel. Lyrics Minato. Company English National Opera. Conductor Harry Bicket. Director Michael Walling (original director). Director Michael Walling (revival director). Design David Fielding. Lighting Paul Pyant. Translation Nicholas Hytner.


Xerxes (Opera or Operetta) production archive for QTIX code T0601474296. Details of all Xerxes archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S2127

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